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330 sq.ft. room, verses about 150 or 185 sq.ft. room of a standard room. It's 150 with an actual measurement, 185 according to Carnival, who don't actually measure. I don't know if the 330 is accurate or not. The balcony is 70 sq.ft. instead of the standard 35 sq.ft. So the balcony is double the size & the room is either slightly more or less than double the size.
The Extended Grand Suites (category ES) have balconies that are twice as deep as a Grand Suite, so those balconies are about 140 sq.ft.
We sailed in Grand Suites twice but on the Conquest. To us the extra space and large balcony was worth it.
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Thanks for the feedback. I think I'm going to book one. It's just me and my two sons taking the cruise. They're 7 and 5. I think the extra space would be great for them. My husband is going to hate that he has to work that week! Thanks again.
I've sailed on 5 Carnival cruises. The first one was in an outside cabin. Then the next 3 cruises were in Grand Suites. The suites are definitely much larger than a standard cabin and the big bathroom was great. On my last cruise, we were in a standard balcony cabin and my wife and I decided after that that there really wasn't any reason to spend the extra money on the Grand Suite. If there are 4 of you in the cabin, you might want that extra room though.
Oh yes, if you are not handicap I HIGHLY recommend not getting a handicap room regardless of the category, at least on the Sensation. We were upgraded to a higher category Oceanview room last year for $50 and thought we had made a steal. However the bathroom had no lip for the shower to accommodate a wheel chair, hence every time we showered there was water ALL over the floor, to the point where we were brushing our teeth in standing water.
Water would move from one side of the bathroom to the other (around the toilet) because the drain was near the door. I can see why some people think this ok but quite frankly it was disgusting. The room steward did a fantastic job of getting it soaked up each time he came in but it was still an inconvenience each shower. I recommend making sure it is not a handicap accessible stateroom before booking it.